Former spy boss, Colonel Isaac Kgosi will before the end of this month appear before the court of law for a possible charge of exposing the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) operations to the public.
Section 19 of the Intelligence Security Services entails the prohibition of disclosure of identity. It states that, A person who discloses the identity of another person which he or she has obtained or to which he or she has had access by virtue of
(a)the performance of his or her duties or functions under this Act, or (b)his or her position as a person who holds or has held any office in the Directorate, and from which the identity of any person who- (i) is or was a confidential source of information to the Directorate or (i)is or was an officer or support staff engaged in covert operational activities of the Directorate,
Can be inferred, and who discloses such information to any person other than a person to whom he or she is authorized to disclose it or to whom it may lawfully be disclosed, shall be guilty of an offence. Kgosi was featured in some publications claiming that there was a plot to assassinate him two weeks ago. He had allegedly shared with the said media houses pictures of his alleged perpetrators who are intelligence agents armed with weapons.
In his version on the complaint letter to the security organs, Kgosi claims that the two intelligence agents had followed him into the physiotherapy clinic where they aggressively demanded from the receptionist that they be taken to him. He further alleges that he followed and found his perpetrators parked outside; deadly armed with weapons of war including an Uzi submachine gun after their request was turned down by the receptionist at the clinic.
On the contrary, sources in the intelligence circle claim that the two officers had followed Kgosi to pass a communiqué concerning his recent raids. ”They just informed the receptionist that they were there to see him. And he came out to meet the officers outside the clinic premises.” When asked how Kgosi was able to overpower the two officers and took pictures, the source said, “They thought they were just dealing with a mature man who understands intelligence operations better.”
Merely, a week after the said article, the intelligence officers followed Kgosi at his village during her mother’s funeral and tried in vain to confiscate his phones as part of their evidence. They followed him to town a few days later still in the search of the said phone. Other information reaching this publication is that the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is struggling to find concrete evidence linking Kgosi to the National Petroleum Fund (NPF) scandal.
Kgosi is at the center of the alleged laundered P230m NPF though he has not been charged. He made a request for the said money from NPF; he later diverted the funds; he appointed Khulaco (Pty) to be the recipient and manager of the said sum; he made some directives on how the sum should be disbursed.
“The thing is, though it is clear Kgosi is somehow implicated, we have a difficulty in connecting him to any offence. The only thing we are pinning our hopes on is a possible charge of abuse of office and to try and see if he could have benefited from the P118m he instructed Bakang to pay to an Israel company claiming to pay for weapons for the DIS. And, remember, we are talking about Kgosi’s longtime friends here. So, it is not easy at all,” said a source close to the investigations.
On the issue of Kgosi’s old docket which has been pending before the courts for the past seven years, WeekendPost investigations have revealed that the file is with the DCEC office. The file which has been moving between the DCEC and Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) offices is currently in the hands of the DCEC for further investigations.
“While the investigations are complete in many of the multiple offences labeled against Kgosi, the DCEC is still having a difficulty on the charge where he is said to have received P900 000 from the former Debswana Managing Director the late Louis Nchindo while the money trace shows the sum was deposited from UK.”
Government is currently sitting on 4 400 vacant posts that remain unfilled in the civil service. This is notwithstanding the high unemployment rate in Botswana which has been exacerbated by the recent outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Just before the burst of COVID-19, official data released by Statistics Botswana in January 2020, indicate that unemployment in Botswana has increased from 17.6 percent three years ago to 20.7 percent. “Unemployment rate went up by 3.1 percentage between the two periods, from 17.6 to 20.7 percent,” statistics point out.
Leading commercial bank, First National Bank Botswana (FNBB), expects the central bank to sharpen its monetary policy knife and cut the Bank Rate twice in the last quarter of 2020.
The bank expects a 25 basis point (bps) in the beginning of the last quarter, which is next month, and another shed by the same bps in December, making a total of 50 bps cut in the last quarter. According to the bank’s researchers, the central bank is now holding on to 4.25 percent for the time being pending for more informed data on the economic climate.
An audit of the accounts and records for the supply of food rations to the institutions in the Northern Region for the financial year-ended 31 March 2019 was carried out. According to Auditor General’s report and observations, there are weaknesses and shortcomings that were somehow addressed to the Accounting Officer for comments.
Auditor General, Pulane Letebele indicated on the report that, across all depots in the region that there had been instances where food items were short for periods ranging from 1 to 7 months in the institutions for a variety of reasons, including absence of regular contracts and supplier failures. The success of this programme is dependent on regular and reliable availability of the supplies to achieve its objective, the report said.
There would be instances where food items were returned from the feeding centers to the depots for reasons of spoilage or any other cause. In these cases, instances had been noted where these returns were not supported by any documentation, which could lead to these items being lost without trace.
The report further stressed that large quantities of various food items valued at over P772 thousand from different depots were damaged by rodents, and written off.Included in the write off were 13 538 (340ml) cartons of milk valued at P75 745. In this connection, the Auditor General says it is important that the warehouses be maintained to a standard where they would not be infested by rodents and other pests.
Still in the Northern region, the report noted that there is an outstanding matter relating to the supply of stewed steak (283×3.1kg cans) to the Maun depot which was allegedly defective. The steak had been supplied by Botswana Meat Commission to the depot in November 2016.
In March 2017 part of the consignment was reported to the supplier as defective, and was to be replaced. Even as there was no agreement reached between the parties regarding replacement, in 51 October 2018 the items in question were disposed of by destruction. This disposal represented a loss as the whole consignment had been paid for, according to the report.
“In my view, the loss resulted directly from failure by the depot managers to deal with the matter immediately upon receipt of the consignment and detection of the defects. Audit inspections during visits to Selibe Phikwe, Maun, Shakawe, Ghanzi and Francistown depots had raised a number of observations on points of detail related to the maintenance of records, reconciliations of stocks and related matters, which I drew to the attention of the Accounting Officer for comments,” Letebele said in her report.
In the Southern region, a scrutiny of the records for the control of stocks of food items in the Southern Region had indicated intermittent shortages of the various items, principally Tsabana, Malutu, Sunflower Oil and Milk which was mainly due to absence of subsisting contracts for the supply of these items.
“The contract for the supply of Tsabana to all depots expired in September 2018 and was not replaced by a substantive contract. The supplier contracts for these stocks should be so managed that the expiry of one contract is immediately followed by the commencement of the next.”
Suppliers who had been contracted to supply foodstuffs had failed to do so and no timely action had been taken to redress the situation to ensure continuity of supply of the food items, the report noted.
In one case, the report highlighted that the supplier was to manufacture and supply 1 136 metric tonnes of Malutu for a 4-months period from March 2019 to June 2019, but had been unable to honour the obligation. The situation was relieved by inter-depot transfers, at additional cost in transportation and subsistence expenses.
In another case, the contract was for the supply of Sunflower Oil to Mabutsane, where the supplier had also failed to deliver. Examination of the Molepolole depot Food Issues Register had indicated a number of instances where food items consigned to the various feeding centres had been returned for a variety of reasons, including food item available; no storage space; and in other cases the whole consignments were returned, and reasons not stated.
This is an indication of lack of proper management and monitoring of the affairs of the depot, which could result in losses from frequent movements of the food items concerned.The maintenance of accounting records in the region, typically in Letlhakeng, Tsabong, and Mabutsane was less than satisfactory, according to Auditor General’s report.
In these depots a number of instances had been noted where receipts and issues had not been recorded over long periods, resulting in incorrect balances reflected in the accounting records. This is a serious weakness which could lead to or result in losses without trace or detection, and is a contravention of Supplies Regulations and Procedures, Letebele said.
Similarly, consignments of a total of 892 bags of Malutu and 3 bags of beans from Tsabong depot to different feeding centres had not been received in those centres, and are considered lost. These are also not reflected in the Statement of Losses in the Annual Statements of Accounts for the same periods.